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Gov. Newsom announces regional stay-at-home order tied to ICU capacity

Posted at 12:45 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 16:31:55-05

California Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed a new stay-at-home order for areas where capacity at intensive care units falls below 15%.

Newsom announced the new plans on Thursday amid an unprecedented surge of new coronavirus cases in the nation's most populous state.

The new order divides the state into five regions. Including:

  • Northern California
  • Bay Area
  • Greater Sacramento
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Southern California

San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties fall under the Southern California region. In the press conference Thursday Gov. Newsom says no regions meet the threshold for the stay-at-home order, however the Greater Sacramento, Northern California, Southern California and San Joaquin regions could fall into that threshold as early as Friday. He says the Bay Area could be under a lockdown by late December.

Once the ICU capacity falls below 15% within the region, lockdown begins and will last for three weeks. The region has 48 hours to make the necessary adjustments.

When they do, the state will order them to adhere to the following rules:

  • Restaurants are takeout or pick up only
  • Retail at 20% max capacity
  • Prohibits non-essential travel


  • Hair salons, barbershops
  • Personal care salons,
  • Museums, zoos
  • Cinemas
  • Live sports
  • Playgrounds
  • Wineries, bars

The rules don't apply to school districts.

To find more information on these new guidelines visit this website.